Wet Springs Could Mean More Mosquitoes, Greater Threat Of West Nile

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)- Experts believe it could be a bad summer when it comes to mosquitoes, and that increases the risk of West Nile Virus.

Our wet spring and hot temperatures combined make for favorable breeding conditions for mosquitoes. More of the pesky insects increases the chances for the potentially deadly West Nile Virus.

One county in Colorado, Jefferson County, is cutting its mosquito control program because of budget cutbacks.

Officials said they will continue to monitor certain areas prone to those mosquitoes that carry West Nile.

Since the county won’t be spraying, residents are urged to take their own precautions and get rid of the bugs on their own.

“I think it’s scary. I think they need to be, it’s important to do, especially with our kids running around,” said one mother.

Experts said if you are going to be outside where moquitoes are, cover up and use mosquito repellant with Deet.

  • Rose

    Channel 4 and other news agencies need to report more than the story, my Dad contracted WNV 09-2008 he was in ICU and acute care for approximately one year. He is now blind and in a wheelchair due to the encephelitis and meningitis and other severe complications. He was on a respirator (trached) and required emergency surgery for other medical problems. There is no cure for WNV it is most dangerous for the elder and children. Refer to the CDC for more information. As the Dr told us when he was in the hospital WNV is alike a tornado that destroys everything and patient and the family need to rebuild. Please be careful and spread the word, WNV is not to be taken lightly.

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